Florence, Italy

Summer 2020 students who turned in their $500 deposit are accepted to the Summer 2021 program.

Introduction

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the summer in Florence, Italy. On-site, the program is coordinated by Lorenzo de’ Medici.

This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:

  • Studio Art (painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, restoration, ceramics, graphic design, interior design, jewelry design)
  • Art History
  • History
  • Sociology

Informational meeting via Zoom:

Thursday, Dec. 3 | 2:00-3:00pm HST | Click here to access meeting.

2021 application deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 17

2021 program dates: late May to late June

Students may choose from a variety of courses taught in English, and Italian (elementary through advanced levels) at Lorenzo de’ Medici.


Host Institution

Established in 1973, Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is located in the heart of this elegant city, on Via Faenza, in the San Lorenzo quarter, just a few steps from the famous Medici Chapel and the San Lorenzo Market. Originally a convent, the main building was completely renovated in 1988. It occupies four floors and offers a variety of modern conveniences, such as a cafeteria, air conditioning, reading rooms, three professional kitchens, and a garden. The church of San Iancopo di Corbolini dates to the 13th Century and is an integral part of the school. LdM is an urban school, consisting of six building sites within walking distance of one another.


Curriculum

The UHM Summer in Florence program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective, foundations, diversification and foreign language requirements for graduation. The program runs from late May until late June. Levels of Italian courses offered range from beginning to advanced, meeting four days a week. Students are taught grammar and syntax at each level. Particular care is given to widening the students’ vocabulary by means of reading and conversation. Upon arrival in Florence, students take a language placement exam (written and oral) to determine the appropriate language level and to maximize language learning. In addition, there are also courses offered in English, which meet four times a week. Students can choose to take only these courses in English or a combination of Italian language. All students must be enrolled in a total of 6 credits, or two classes.

The UHM Study Abroad Center appoints a designated UHM Resident Director when appropriate. The Resident Director oversees students’ academic progress and mentors all participants. All students must participate in experiential learning activities led by the Resident Director in addition to taking classes at the host institution.

COURSE OFFERINGS

Please consult LdM’s online course schedule page to view the most updated information on the courses offered. Select “Florence” and “June” as the location and summer term. LdM offers classes in English within three main divisions: Art and Sciences, Creative Arts, Design; and Italian Language Learning (beginning through advanced levels).

June 2020 course schedule

Students will select one of the following options:

  • Intensive language: one course from A + one course from B
  • Semi-intensive language: one course from A or B + one course from C, D, E or F
  • Coursework in English: one course from C or D + one course from E or F
A) courses in Italian Language UHM equivalency
Italian Language (elementary, intermediate, advanced levels) 3 ITAL credits will depend on students’ previous coursework and placement in Florence

B) courses in Italian Language, with local cultural activities UHM equivalency
Italian Language (elementary, intermediate, advanced levels) 3 ITAL credits will depend on students’ previous coursework and placement in Florence

C) courses in English UHM equivalency
Art History I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance ART 389B (DH)
Palaces of Florence ART 389B (DH)
Renaissance Art at the Italian Courts ART 389B (DH)
Graphic Design ART 369B (DA)
Jewelry Making 1 ART 369B (DA)
Organized Crime: Sociology & History of Italian Mafia SOC 499
Travel Writing ENG 273 (DL)
Fashion Illustration 1 FDM 216 (DA)
Florence and the House of the Medici HIST 296 (DH)
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence HIST 296 (DH)
History of Prostitution WS 175 (FGA)
Italian Regional Food in Cultural Perspective FSHN 491
Principles of Marketing BUS 312
Romeo and Juliet: A Love story across the Arts ENG 271 (DL)
Topics in Nutrition: Italian Style Cooking TBD

D) courses in English UHM equivalency
Digital Filmmaking 1 COM 331 or ACM 310 (DA)
Plein Air Landscape Painting TBD
Wedding Planning COM 421
Florence Sketchbook–Beginning ART 269B (DA)
Florence Sketchbook–Intermediate ART 213 (DA) or ART 313 (DA)
Introduction to Digital Photography ART 269B (DA)
Basic Printmaking ART 104 (DA)
Ceramics and Well-being ART 242 (DA)

E) courses in English UHM equivalency
The Built Environment of Florence ART 389B (DH)
Organized Crime: Sociology & History of Italian Mafia SOC 499
Italian Renaissance Civilization & Culture HIST 339 (DH)
Archaeology Workshop ANTH 380 (DS)
Avant-Garde and Modernist Art (1900-1950) ART 473 (DH)
Fashion Buying Concepts FDM 371
Foundations of Visual Communication ART 269B (DA)
Global Sports Marketing COM 459 or MKT 361
Intercultural Communication ANTH 420 (DS) or COM 340 (DS)
International Conflict Resolution PACE 292F (DF) or POLS 396 (DS)
Introduction to Multicultural Education ITE 360 (DS)
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travelers ENG 272 (DL) or ENG 494 (DL)
Psychology of Crime PSY 489 (DS)
Voices of An Artist: Voyaging through Franco Zeffirelli’s World COM 489

F) courses in English UHM equivalency
The Quarters of Florence: History & Culture HIST 499
Ancient Rome HIST 333 (DH)
Fashion Consumer Behavior FDM 499 or FDM 491
Florence and Southern Italy Restoration Workshop TBD
Introduction to Western Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern Thinkers PHIL 211 (DH)
Logical, Critical, and Creative: The Power of Reason PHIL 110 (DH)
Luxury Brand Management FDM 491, MKT 361, or BUS 367M
Social Psychology PSY 250 (DS)
Sustainability: Science, Political Economy and Business POLS 324 (DS), BUS 367I, or BUS 367M
Sustainable Architecture ARCH 321
Wine Business BUS 367K
FACULTY RESIDENT DIRECTOR

Summer 2021: Phoebe White, UHM School of Architecture. Here is her student experiential learning plan.

Courses taken at LDM will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.

Current as of Nov. 17, 2020.


Location

Amidst the beauty of the rolling hills of the Tuscan Valley lies Florence (Firenze), a city replete with history and charm. Florence is definitively one of the preeminent treasures of Europe. It is through Florence’s beginning as a Roman settlement in the First Century B.C. and provincial capital at the height of the Roman Empire that one finds the framework for its future greatness.

Due to its link to antiquity, Florence spurred a revolution which shook Europe by becoming the birthplace of the Renaissance. The move from feudal conflicts with the rise of the Medici “dynasty” under the guidance of Giovanni di Bicci allowed commerce to flourish. In turn, this created an environment conducive to intellectual pursuits. Foremost on the list of intellectual pursuits was the study of antiquity. Soon, the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome became a Florentine passion.

Modern-day Florence is also shaped by its recent history. In 1865 Florence became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, overseeing the unification of most of the Italian city-states. In 1871 Florence relinquished the honor of being the capital of the Kingdom of Italy when the final unification of Italy was effected by the capitulation of Rome.


Housing

Students are housed with an Italian family (two students share a room) and have breakfasts and dinners provided Monday-Thursday. Students are responsible for meals on Fridays and weekends. Single accommodations are available at an additional supplement. A major value of the homestay is that it provides students with the opportunity to closely interact with and learn from the host country nationals.


Excursions

LdM arranges several excursions in the Tuscany region and beyond. Two overnight excursions will be included in the total cost of the program, while others will be available on-site for an additional fee. possible destinations include:

Florence, as any other major city, offers students a variety of cultural and social activities. The city offers a range of restaurants, clubs, shops, museums, theaters, and other recreational facilities.


Photos

Florence, Italy


Program Cost (2020)

  • two 3-credit courses: $6,592
  • one 6-credit language course: $5,460
  • restoration workshop: $7,720

Cost includes LdM tuition, shared homestay, orientation, two excursions, meals, laundry, ground transportation, UHM Study Abroad and other fees. Students who opt for single accommodation will pay a supplement.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Florence is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or make their own travel arrangements.

FINANCIAL AID

FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the preceding semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester. www.hawaii.edu/fas

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions.

SCHOLARSHIP

See the Money Matters & Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.


Admission Requirements

The program is designed primarily for undergraduate students. The minimum requirement is a cumulative GPA of 3.0. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered in exceptional cases. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have passed the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility, and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay a $500.00 non-refundable initial payment to ensure a place in the program. The initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


Application

A completed Study Abroad Center application and two academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center to receive consideration.

Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.

The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.

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